Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

nullify

Definition:(verb) Declare invalid.
Synonyms:annul, invalidate, void, quash, avoid
Usage: He used his broad executive powers to nullify decisions by local government.
Article of the Day

Quilombo dos Palmares

In colonial Brazil, a community of fugitive slaves was known as a quilombo. Located in inaccessible areas, quilombos usually consisted of fewer than 100 people. But one, Palmares, grew into an autonomous republic that eventually had 20,000 inhabitants. Ironically, this community founded by runaway slaves owed much of its prosperity to slave labor, as inhabitants abducted slaves that were then kept in bondage. How many attacks did the community successfully repel before being destroyed in 1694? More...
This Day in History

Sara Jane Moore Attempts to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford (1975)

In September 1975, Ford was the target of two assassination attempts. Just 17 days after Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme unsuccessfully attempted to shoot Ford, Moore shot at him outside a San Francisco, California, hotel. The bullet just missed the president, and Moore was then subdued by a bystander, who likely saved Ford's life. Moore was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 2007. What has she since said about the assassination attempt? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Cleves (1515)

Anne was the fourth queen consort of King Henry VIII of England. She was the sister of a powerful German Protestant leader and was considered a desirable match for Henry by English councilors, most notably Thomas Cromwell, who sought to ally England with Protestants in Germany. The marriage was agreed upon in 1539, and although Henry tried to break the contract after actually seeing his bride, they married in 1540. The marriage was never consummated, however, and they divorced after how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have a crush on (someone)

To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. More...
Today's Holiday

Bulgaria Independence Day (2016)

On September 22, 1908, Prince Ferdinand (1861-1948) of Bulgaria declared the country's independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, which had ruled since the 14th century. In 1944, the former Soviet Union invaded Bulgaria and imposed its communist system for nearly 50 years. Like many other eastern European countries, Bulgaria became an independent republic with a new constitution in 1991. In 1998, the Bulgarian Parliament reinstituted September 22 as Bulgarian Independence Day. More...
In the News

Banana Peels and Pork Strips Earn Ig Nobel Honors

The winners of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes have been announced, and included among them are a team studying the slipperiness of banana peels, another investigating the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and yet another gauging how reindeer react to humans in polar bear suits. The aforementioned honorees took home the physics, medicine, and arctic science prizes, respectively. The award in public health went to a team investigating whether it is mentally hazardous to own a cat, while the psychology award went to a team that found that night owls tend to be more psychopathic than early risers. Prizes were also awarded in several other categories. More...
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